HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: A Cabinet meeting today formed Kathmandu Valley Development Authority and appointed former mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City Keshav Sthapit as its commissioner for five years.
The commissioner will enjoy executive rights and facilities that are given to a state minister, according to Minister for Physical Planning and Works Hridayesh Tripathi.
“Although I am a cadre of the CPN-UML, Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, who is from another party, gave me the opportunity respecting my capacity and past performance. I will make the Kathmandu denizens feel the change within next 15 days,” Sthapit told THT after his appointment. “My party did not recognise my performance.” “PM Bhattarai’s wife Hisila Yami telephoned me and told me that the prime minister wanted to meet me. When I met him, he requested me to cooperate to develop the Kathmandu Valley and manage the city. I agreed,” he added.
Sthapit, during his tenure as mayor, had led road widening drive in Kathmandu. He is well remembered for taking a bold step to demolish houses in Maitighar intersection to create an open space where there is Maitighar Mandala now.